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Museum of Industry prepares for a busy month hosting 32 remarkable Nova Scotians

Debra McNabb stands next to the Vanguard exhibit which features 32 remarkable Nova Scotians and is on display at the Museum of Industry throughout the month of February
Debra McNabb stands next to the Vanguard exhibit which features 32 remarkable Nova Scotians and is on display at the Museum of Industry throughout the month of February - Brendan Ahern

The museum of industry in Stellarton is playing host to an exhibit honoring 32 remarkable Nova Scotians from the past 150 years.

“It’s very captivating to go around and think about these Nova Scotians,” said Museum of Industry director Debra McNabb looking around the eight four-sided columns that make up the Vanguard exhibit. “It’s simple, but you learn a lot about the social history of the province.”

Simple, but beautiful. Each of the columns is backlit from the inside showing off an elegant and colorful design that has been appearing in museums around the province since the Canada 150 celebrations last summer.

The Vanguard project was an initiative by Nova Scotia Museum, an organization which oversees 28 museums in the province and holds a combined collection of over one million artifacts from this corner of the globe.

In the lead-up to Canada 150 citizens provided input to an expert panel whose job it was to choose Nova Scotians from each decade from 1860 to the present who have made an impact on our history.

And, from now until March 1, the results of that initiative are glowing inside the Museum of Industry.

Viola Desmond, Alex Coleville, George Dixon and Joseph Howe make up a portion of the exhibit which McNabb feels has something for everyone.

“They picked people from different parts of the province, different ethnicities different time periods and different achievements.”

February 18, Heritage Day, will be free admission to the museum for all ages from 9 until 5. This year’s Heritage Day honoree is Maude Lewis whose photo and story can also be viewed on the 1950s column in the exhibit.

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